There’s no denying the beauty of a snowy morning when all sounds seem to vanish, and the world takes an almost magical glow.
Fun as winter can be, though, not everyone is a fan of cold weather, and even those who are, often find themselves fantasizing about a warm beach when the freezing temperatures drag out a little too long.
If you’re thinking about becoming a snowbird and ditching snow for sand, read on. We’ve compiled some of the best beach destinations to get away from the cold.
When you think of Kenya, you might picture safaris, Acacia trees and the orange hues of the sunset, but this beautiful African country is also home to absolutely stunning beaches.
Some of Kenya’s most popular beaches include:
- Diani, a 10 km stretch of immaculate white sand, known not only as a surfing destination but also as a hotspot for whale sharks –the world’s largest fish– and the place to visit when you want to catch a camel ride.
- Chale Island, a small and exclusive destination smack in the middle of the ocean that allows visitors to enjoy private beaches and trips to the jungle all in the same place.
- Watamu, a small but charming slice of the coastline that boasts not only a marine national park that’s heaven for SCUBA divers but also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
It’s no secret that Mexico is famous thanks to its jaw-dropping beaches and pleasant weather, but while Cancún is a world destination, it’s far from the only thing Mexico offers.
Some of the best beaches you’ll find in Mexico are:
- Huatulco, a series of bays surrounded by lush mountains that offer calm waters, a small but modern city, and the opportunity to kick back and relax without tons of spring breakers.
- Zihuatanejo, a popular destination amongst locals, yet relatively undiscovered by tourists, that offers large waves for surfers, delicious food for foodies, and a vibrant nightlife everyone ought to enjoy.
- Holbox, an idyllic island in Yucatan that foregoes resorts and offers visitors near-virgin beaches, and the opportunity to swim with whale sharks and horseshoe crabs.
It’s no surprise that Thailand is featured in this list, as this gorgeous country boasts some of the best beaches in the world, as well as a vibrant nightlife and a rich history that makes every visit the opportunity to learn something new.
Some of the best beaches in Thailand include:
- Kata, a small and well-preserved stretch of beach that offers visitors the opportunity to relax away from the city while enjoying delicious cocktails and soaking in the scenery.
- Lamai, a popular destination amongst locals and visitors alike that balances fun and relaxation and provides guests the chance to enjoy a quiet beach and a bustling nightlife.
- Sairee, a world-class destination for divers and snorkelers that offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with all kinds of sea life, including the whale shark.
The world’s a huge place, and there are many more beaches to cover but for now, keep in mind these three countries for when you’re planning your next trip to the beach.